The much-talked about “Pod” sculpture has finally made Hagerstown’s City Park its home this week.
After more than a year of legwork, it was installed on a lakeside plaza Tuesday, as a part of the city’s new Cultural Trail. Sculptor Richard Deutsch said the message behind the three-piece sculpture, which is based on large tree seeds, is renewal and the “circle of life.”
It cost $14,000 to physically move the art from its former location in Chevy Chase, with a total cost to the city around $31,000.
“It’s really humanity in its best,” said Deutsch, of Santa Cruz, Calif. “It’s providing a cultural experience, it’s making the town more vital.”
City engineer Rodney Tissue said there is still landscaping work to be done behind the sculpture.
The “next big thing” on the trail, he added, will be the decorative screens that separate the trail and the Ellsworth Electric property. Those will be ready by October.